Clinic announce small batch of tour dates; daddy needs a new bag of surgical masks

Clinic announce small batch of tour dates; daddy needs a new bag of surgical masks

Old blue-haired church ladies, lock up your organs! Melodica-loving, masked British four-piece Clinic are back with a summer/fall tour. That’s right, good people of Europe and Selected East Coast Cities, Clinic are coming to your town, all ready to post up at fancy Irish outdoor festivals or skulk about your most historic cathedrals — whatever strikes their dark, moody fancy. And they’ll do it all while wearing the same tattered surgical masks they’ve been wearing since like 1997 or whatever. They’ll be playing lilting, melancholy tunes, some also from 1997 or whatever, and in the aforementioned Selected East Coast Cities they’ll be sharing the stage with Grooms.

Old tattered masks aside, Clinic are still riding high off the success of last year’s Free Reign (TMT Review) on Domino Records and the Daniel Lopatin alternate mix, aptly titled Free Reign II. They closed out another Austin Psych Fest this past April and now they’re gearing up for European summer festival season, which rolls into European fall festival season with late September’s Liverpool Psych Fest. Until then, though, they’ve got a few new US dates in Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Lexington, and Washington, DC. Go to these shows, my fellow Americans, and buy these people some new masks, please; there are new versions of off-brand SARS breeding in neglected Ukranian chicken farms every year.


08.10.13 - Oxford, UK - Braziers Park
08.14.13 - Saint Malo, France - La Nouvelle Vague
08.24.13 - Ardross Castle, UK - Doune The Rabbit Hole
08.31.13 - Stradbally, Ireland - Electric Picnic
09.13.13 - Portmeirion, UK - Festival No. 6
09.16.13 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands *
09.17.13 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
09.18.13 - Washington, DC - DC9 *
09.20.13 - Lexington, KY - Boomslang Festival
09.28.13 - Liverpool, UK - Liverpool Psych Fest

* Grooms

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Autre Ne Veut to tour Europe, watch out ladies/fellows/monuments

America, you’ve had enough love. Autre Ne Veut, our favorite worried lover man, has been giving America all his love lately. But, America, that stops now. It’s not because Autre doesn’t love you (he does), it’s just that he’s got to be going. If you need him, he’ll be over in Europe. You won’t need him, because, damn it, you’re grown and you’ve got nothing but love to offer. America, you won’t need old Autre Ne Veut holding you back. Of course, that’s not to say he won’t be back. He’ll be back.

Now, you, Europe. Autre Ne Veut’s coming for you. He won’t be there for long. He’s coming to you at the beginning of August. A week later, he’ll be there. But a few days after a week later? Well, by then, he’ll be gone. You’ll miss him. Stop that. Don’t bother missing him, just focus on the times you had. The times you had at Katowice, Poland’s OFF Festival. The times you had at Berlin’s Left. Don’t you even forget for a second those times you had at Helsinki’s Flow Festival. Heck, why am I even telling you this? You’ll never forget.

Autre Ne Veut dates:

08.02.13 - Salzburg, Austria - Stuck Festival
08.03.13 - Berlin, Germany - Loft
08.04.13 - Katowice, Poland - OFF Festival
08.08.13 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Way Out West Fest
08.09.13 - Helsinki, Finland - Flow Festival
08.10.13 - Moscow, Russia - Strelka

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[Photo: Colin McLaughlin]

RIP: JJ Cale, singer/songwriter

From CNN:

Musician JJ Cale, whose songs “Cocaine” and “After Midnight” were made famous by Eric Clapton, died Friday after suffering a heart attack. His contemporaries considered him a legend, even if most fans weren’t familiar with his name.

He was 74.

Lynyrd Skynyrd made Cale’s song “Call Me The Breeze” famous, and bands including Santana, The Allman Brothers, Johnny Cash, and many others covered his songs.

He won a Grammy for his 2006 album with Clapton, called The Road to Escondido.

From Cale’s official site:

JJ Cale passed away at 8:00 pm on Friday July 26
at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, CA.

The legendary singer / songwriter had suffered a heart attack.
There are no immediate plans for services.
His history is well documented at,,
and in the documentary, To Tulsa And Back.

Donations are not needed but he was a great lover of animals so, if you like,
donations can be made to your favorite local animal shelter.

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Paid downloads are down and digital album sales are declining. It turns out people don’t like to pay for digital music.

In news that should shock nobody, the digital music racket is starting to lose its luster.

According to Nielsen SoundScan data reported by Digital Music News, paid downloads (the vast majority from iTunes and Amazon) are down about 2.3% from 698 million (!) at the midpoint of 2012 to a paltry 682.2 million by the halfway point of 2013. This is the fourth consecutive reporting period (I guess quarter, they didn’t really elaborate on what a “reporting period” was) in which sales have dropped, the first time ever in the history of the format. Which is, what, 10 or 15 years?

In addition to this horrible, horrible news, digital album sales are drastically slowing down. Also from Digital Music News (don’t they have such neat graphs and stuff?), digital album sales are up 6.3% last year… which is still positive, right? I take it the news here is that sales for the format are starting to plateau and if you’re familiar with the shape of a plateau, once it levels off, after a while it starts to drop.

Now, while the articles above and the headlines make it seem as if this is a major blow to the industry in general, there are a few things to remember. First, there isn’t a powerhouse album like that 2011 album from Adele that kept selling well into 2012 (ask your parents about that). Second, there isn’t a new boy band dropping two albums in one year (ask a tween of some sort). Third, there isn’t a song so ubiquitous that it’s playing in every coffee shop, grocery store, gas station and, book store you go to (that stupid fucking Gotye song that I will not dignify with a hyperlink).

One interesting thing to note is that, from what I understand, the Nielsen SoundScan data includes information from all Amazon and iTunes sales. Therefore, unlike traditional physical SoundScan data that really only takes information from major retailers, this would include any independent artists or labels that make their music available on these services. Since independent shops are sort of excluded from physical sales data, it’s sometimes hard to get an “official” gauge on how an indie record is selling. Personally, I think a better chart/graph would be to look at exactly what labels are increasing/decreasing for paid downloads. Is it just the major label stuff tanking, or have people on both sides of the equation started to jump ship from iTunes etc.? I guess we’ll have to wait and see.

Trentemøller invites sad friends from Blonde Redhead, Low, and The Raveonettes to make beautiful, sad music together on new album

“Hmm,” says Trentemøller, as he readies his new album in his Copenhagen studio. “I’m so excited about releasing my third album, but it’s missing something. How can I make this album more depressing? HOW?” And so it was that the Danish electronic artist set about to inject his latest, Lost, with a refined sense of Scandinavian ennui. He looked up at the moonlit night sky. He looked deep into his heart. He looked into his Rolodex. “Ah ha!” he said. “I’ll call up my sad friends from Low and Blonde Redhead, etc., and get them to do guest spots! And then I’ll film a video for my new song “Never Stop Running” with Jonny Pierce of The Drums and fill it chock full of pensive-looking people who look like they’re on the worst weekend cabin vacation of all time!”

He rubbed his delicately manicured Danish hands together. “Now I’ve got it!” And so it was that Anders Trentemøller invited pals Kazu Makino (Blonde Redhead), Jana Hunter (Lower Dens), Sune Rose Wagner (The Raveonettes), and basically everybody in Low to his Sad Cabin of Musical Collaboration. (Okay, this album might not actually be that sad — I’ve only heard the one song — but come on, you gotta admit there’s a lot of melancholy potential here.) With a release date of September 24 on the In My Room label, the album features 12 tracks that break the Trentemøller mold, such as it is, including a little number with Sune Rose Wagner called “Come Undone,” which we can only hope is a cover of the totally bummer yet totally awesome Duran Duran song.

Lost tracklisting:

01. The Dream (feat. Low)
02. Gravity (feat. Jana Hunter of Lower Dens)
03. Still On Fire
04. Candy Tongue (feat. Marie Fisker)
05. Trails
06. Never Stop Running (feat. Jonny Pierce of The Drums)
07. River Of Life (feat. Ghost Society)
08. Morphine
09. Come Undone (feat. Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead)
10. Deceive (feat. Sune Rose Wagner of The Raveonettes)
11. Constantinople
12. Hazed

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2013 sees 33.5% girth increase in vinyl sales, click here to see how real men, just like you, can get similar results

Thanks to many a not-so-clever article, “Vinyl sales are up!” now ranks as one of the most over-tired and annoying phrases in contemporary music culture, right up there with “It got ‘Best New Music’ on Pitchfork” and “Do you like Mumford & Sons?” So, guess what? (Hint: here is where things start to get over-tired and annoying.) As FACT report, vinyl sales are up! Only on this occasion it may warrant taking notice, as there have been significant upticks in many crucial sales statistics. The figures tell us that vinyl sales are up 33.5% across the board so far this year, which amounts to roughly 2.9 million vinyl records sold in 2013.

So why now? For one, the latest Record Store Day was the most successful to date (thanks to everyone looking to score by increasing the size of your already massive, ribbed, and woman-satisfying record collections); and for two, 2013 has seen a fair share of both juicy reissues and critically-acclaimed major label releases. This is good news for all us vinyl junkies pathetically clinging to our fetishized lifestyles.

To close on a serious note, our prayers go out to the terminally ill CD, whose perpetually waning health has declined even further, already diminishing by 14.2% so far this year. Get well soon.